Tattoos in Fort Collins

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Mar 242013
 

Author: Nicole Beale

By the looks of things, Fort Collins is getting inked. There are over 10 tattoo shops in the immediate Fort Collins area and the number is continuing to grow. Some of these shops are booked with appointments for up to six months.  Many popular shops include Freakshow, La Familia, Covenant, Black Atlas, Tribal Rites, and the list goes on.

Lizz Wilson, Colorado State undergraduate student, says she wouldn’t recommend any other place but Freakshow Tattoo. She has three tattoos that were done at Freakshow, including a shoulder and two ankle tats. She has enjoyed her experience every time.

“Everyone in the shop is really excited to be there. It makes you feel good and excited to get a tattoo from there,” Wilson said. “Everyone was so professional and made me feel comfortable when I was uneasy.”

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Lizz Wilson’s tattoos from Freakshow Tattoo shop.
Photo by Lizz Wilson

According to Tribal Rites piercer, Hayley Berendt, Tribal Rites tries to make their store warm and inviting, something that is hard to do when it comes to the cold needle.  The store is splashed with a post-apocalyptic look. The tables are made of metal welded together with blue and green lights glowing through them. It gives the store an edgy feel and makes customers feel good when they come in.  Tribal Rites prides themselves on offering excellent customer service and making sure each customer leaves happy.

Tribal Rites resident tattoo artist Erick Erickson says that Tribal Rites is the place to be because so much love is put into what they do.

“Both of my parents were artists professionally. I grew up doing all kinds of art and it lead to me majoring in graphic design. Did that for a year before I realized I hated doing it. I then started tattooing and doing what I love,” said Erick Erickson. “I had a mentor I trained under for several years and have been tattooing for 12 years now.” Each tattoo artist at Tribal Rites has extensive experience and is able to conjure up whatever is imaginable.

Covenant Tattoo shop has been growing so much they had to relocate. Covenant relocated to a more central location in Fort Collins, along College Avenue, making the trip that much more convenient.

Many of these parlors cater to the student public and offer special deals and coupons on a seasonal basis. Many shops will put discounts in coupon books given out each semester. Keep an eye out for local deals if you’re looking to get tattooed in Fort Collins.

Mar 192013
 

Author: Mary Willson

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Matt “P-Mann” Mahern and Lindsey O’brien of the Lindsey O’brien Band play at the SpokesBUZZ showcase. SpokesBUZZ put together the Colorado Music Party at SXSW in Austin, bringing together thousands of Colorado musicans and fans to support eachother at the festival.

 

The pattern of Fort Collins life is threaded with the staples of a classic Colorado experience: outdoor beauty, local beer, original bikes, and home-based bands.

With venues such as Aggie, Hodi’s Half Note, Avogadro’s Number, Surfside, Mishawaka, it is no

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Alana Rolfe of Fierce Bad Rabbit plays at the SpokesBUZZ showcase in Austin at SXSW. Fierce Bad Rabbit played multiple showcases over the week, and are alumni of SpokesBUZZ.

surprise that Fort Collins supports hundreds of homegrown bands.   With the jamming beats of locality also comes the responsibility of a celebratory community; which in the 970, there is no shortage of.

April kicks off with FoCoMX, leading into a summer of Beet Street festivities, and closing out with Bohemian Nights. Being an artist or band in town looks pretty good.

Yet, one of the most supportive outlets for local bands is a non-profit, volunteer-run music support and education organization, SpokesBUZZ.

“SpokesBUZZ raises global awareness of Fort Collins sound and culture by bringing worldwide attention to local bands,” according to the official mission.

“It has really two parts to it. In the big picture, it’s really a promotion engine for Fort Collins. Our job is to get the word out beyond our backyard about the great music scene we have here in Fort Collins, and on the grassroots level, help educate music and bands to be better in business,” said organization member, Julie Sutter. Sutter deals with communication and publicity for SpokesBUZZ as well as runs her own communication company, Unconventional Ink. “One of the things that we try to foster is ‘ look how much you can do together.’”

Only on its fourth year, the organization has fostered positivity in dozens of bands, as each goes through a program, in about two years. The current class envelopes 11 bands. As a SpokesBUZZ band, monthly seminars take place to learn the ins-and-outs of business, marketing, and other valuable skills needed to create a long lasting, successful band.

“You go from being kind of a garage band, to being a band that has a platform to actually do something. To me, its kind of a ticket to somewhere,” said James Yearling, singer, electric guitarist, co-writer and management of the band Better Than Bacon, a current SpokesBUZZ band. “We want to be advocates to SpokesBUZZ. Part of the bands’ role is honestly to be an advocate for our community and to keep the reputation high, and so outside of all the fun, there is a level of responsibility that all the bands really enjoy.”

James Yearling jams on his electric guitar with his band Better Than Bacon at SXSW in Austin.

James Yearling jams on his electric guitar with his band Better Than Bacon at SXSW in Austin.

The music incubator is a collaborative effort that brings forward all aspects of the community, outside of just musicians. Fans feel invested to SpokesBUZZ because the shows, events, and bands represent something bigger than just the music.

Dani Grant started the organization, and she also runs the Mishawaka and Chippers Lanes. The organization is supported through volunteer driven leadership, communication, skills and forte, and funded by community initatives such as New Belgium and Crowd Funding.

“What makes Fort Collins unique is that everyone is very humble, which is really exceptional to see,” said Chris Anderson of Fierce Bad Rabbit, an alumni of SpokesBUZZ. “People do it because they like it. Everyone is very supportive, yet everyone’s doing their own thing.”

As the bands headed off to South By South West (SXSW) in the middle of March, they are making their fifth journey into a mega-music sea, to promote the locality of Fort Collins. The beginnings of the organizations stem from SXSW, a mega festival, of over 128,000 attendees, according to SXSW.com.

“One of the things that we’ve discovered by going to Austin, it kind of feels like you’re a little fish in a big pond, but we’ve been able to bring so much of the community, beyond the music,” Sutter said. “What’s different about this year, we’ve actually made really great connections with the Denver community. It’s overwhelming, so you look for this connection, so the Colorado people gravitate to each other.”

This year, over a thousand Colorado-affiliated, music-passioned people are teaming up with SpokesBUZZ to celebrate Colorado music together through an official Colorado Music Party collaboration at SXSW, showing the progression from its first year of Fort Collins jamming out in Austin.

“At SXSW, it is just positive exposure for Fort Collins. I think a lot of people don’t realize what an amazing music base we have here,” said Nick Duarte, vocals and guitarists for Post Paradise. “It is really a team effort and everyone is working for the same goal, and they take it to Austin and say ‘hey look world, this is us.’”

The year ahead is fresh with SXSW SpokesBUZZ showcase behind, and a whole new journey to learn, explore and grow on. A new season for SpokesBUZZ is ahead, as a new class of bands is soon to join the team.

SpokesBUZZ puts on collaborative concerts, as well as supports the band’s and artist’s individual performances, so when the chance arises to check out a local band involved with this organization, a  larger picture is supported: the pattern that makes Fort Collins unique.

The threads of Fort Collins music are growing rapidly, and it is the responsibility of the community to keep this exciting pattern unfolding.

“Fort Collins does have a story to tell,” Sutter said. “When people hear ‘Colorado’, they may not think about Fort Collins, but that is changing.”

For more info on SpokesBUZZ, head over to spokesbuzz.org.

 

Too School for Cool: Keeping your ex-beau as a buddy

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Mar 152013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Ex-boyfriends – we all have them.  Some you may want to hide from, while others may be worth keeping around.  As long as one of you didn’t screw up big time in the relationship, breaking up doesn’t have to mean never seeing each other again.  Many people tell horror stories about how disastrous it was trying to be friends with their ex-boyfriend, but that’s probably because they weren’t following the rules.

While being friends with an ex can work, it certainly doesn’t mean the same thing as being friends with just anyone.  The fact that the two of you have been intimate changes the dynamics of the friendship. This rarely means that the two of you can spend all day together, multiple times a week, trading stories and sharing a beer. You will probably never be quite as buddy-buddy as that. But this friendship can mean that you are on good terms, post a “Happy Birthday” message on each other’s Facebook wall, and even hang out occasionally. Here’s how it’s done.

Get Some Space

The most important rule of thumb after a break up is to take some time apart. Don’t call him, don’t text him – don’t have any form of contact with your ex-boyfriend for a few months. Just because you are broken up does not mean that the romantic charge of the relationship has vanished. This will give time to not only get over him, but evaluate whether or not he is worth having a friendship with.

Generally this process takes a couple of months. A good rule to go by is if you get extremely jealous or sad at the thought of your ex-boyfriend having a new woman is his life, you are not ready to be friends.

Don’t consider having a friendship with an ex who has cheated or was abusive in anyway. These people are not worth keeping around and your time will be better used finding new people that will make you happier.

Take it Slow

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When you and your ex-beau decide it’s time to try to be friends, don’t jump in right where you left off. Take things slow by only seeing each other occasionally to ease your way into this new friendship. Don’t get too personal right away because this is where it can get tricky.

When you’re friends with an ex it can be very easy to fall into the ‘friends with benefits’ category, which is not a healthy situation for most people. By establishing normal friendship boundaries, you will be able to keep your ex-beau in your life while still being emotionally ready for romance with a new guy.

When It’s Over, It’s Over

After a break-up, you can’t hold on to the past. If you truly want to get back together with your ex, then make that perfectly clear. Do not use a friendship as an excuse to see your ex, hoping that he will change his mind, stringing you along as you

When you’re ready to just be friends with an ex-boyfriend, keep a close watch on your emotions as to not let the relationship drag on in its half-life. That way you can truly enjoy each others company in a friendly way and not suffer any emotional damage.

Mar 052013
 

Author: Ricki Watkins

What does it feel like to have the entire community supporting your great idea? Or, how does it feel to donate to a great cause and get some cool swag in return? Well, it feels like Community Funded.

Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

Community Funded, a Fort Collins-based company, helps individuals, for-profit and nonprofit organizations and groups connect to the people within their community to raise money for worthwhile causes.

How does it work exactly? Well,say the owner of a small business wants to expand but does not have the money to do so. After submitting an idea to CF and having it approved, the owner has a certain number of days to raise a set amount of money. Individuals and organizations can then go to CF’s website and learn more about the proposed project. If they like the project, they can choose to either donate money to the cause or purchase what CF terms as “giftbacks.” Giftbacks are either products or services donated by the project creator — “project giftbacks” — or by other organizations — “in-kind giftbacks.” For example, you can buy a case of Odell beer or a Mugs Coffee Lounge gift card and donate to the project at the same time.

If the project creator is for-profit and makes their fundraising goal within the timeframe, they get to keep the money they raise. If not, the donations are returned back to the donors. If the project creator is a nonprofit, regardless of whether they meet their fundraising goal or not, they receive the money raised.

“We really set out to build this tool that helps people create awareness of good ideas while uniting a community,” said McCabe Callahan, CF co-founder and owner of Mugs Coffee Lounge.

Callahan, along with co-founders Blue Hovatter and Ryan Stover, built CF off of existing crowdfunding websites. What sets them apart is that instead of fundraising to a faceless crowd, the founders wanted to focus on community.

“What defines you is really the relationships you have in your life,” Callahan said. “If you have heard the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ I think it really takes a community to make a great idea happen.”

Individuals and organizations have raised almost $290,000 for their projects through CF since the company’s launch a little less than a year ago.

 

Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

Photo courtesy of Community Funded.

What’s your ‘it’?

And remember that small business owner that wanted to expand? Well, meet Charly Clifford. Owner of Charly Bar, an energy bar company, Clifford utilized Community Funded and raised over $15,000 within his timeframe.

Charly Bar is Clifford’s “it” as CF says. What is an “it”? According to CF, your “it” is what you’re passionate about.

“We like to ask people, ‘What’s your it?’ because no matter what ‘it’ is, it can be Community Funded,” said Stover, who is also CF’s Creative Director.

“Times are crazy right now with money, and loans are not necessarily the best way to go about things, especially if you are not tried and true and you just want to try something and you don’t want to necessarily jump off the deep end and get a big loan and have to pay that back forever,” Clifford said.

Clifford, who donates one percent of his profits to youth health and wellness programs, has already moved to a new kitchen and purchased new equipment with some of the money he raised.

“I am looking forward to growing the business and having a lot more community impact,” Clifford said.

What is Stacy Sebeczek’s ‘it’? The Fort Collins Bike Library, where anyone can checkout a bike for free. As director of the Bike Library, Sebeczek was looking for some way to find funding for 2013, as the Bike Library’s five-year federal grant would be expiring in December 2012.

Through CF, the Bike Library raised $10,000. Coupled with contributions from New Belgium, the City of Fort Collins and the Downtown Development Authority, the Bike Library raised enough money to keep its doors open for 2013.

“It raised a ton of awareness for our cause,” Sebeczek said. “Part of our transition after funding ran out in 2012 was not just a simple ‘we need some money to operate next year,’ it was a very comprehensive ‘we are transitioning from a grant-dependent model to something that is more sustainable with community collaboration.’ So, it was important for us to use that community piece for the awareness and exposure of our cause … Community Funded really helped us with that, especially having their strong team behind it; it is a very passionate group of individuals and they are so well connected and so willing to push projects and help them get the exposure they need.”

 

How do I get involved?

So, you are a college student, how can you get involved with CF? In three ways, according to Callahan.

One, you can support ideas and projects in your community by donating or buying giftbacks — you get some sweet swag that you were already going to buy, but now that money goes to a great cause.

“It is a great way for students to support great ideas and community while getting something back in exchange because a lot of students don’t have disposable income and a lot are tight with money and have student loans,” Callahan said. “So, instead of feeling like you have to come up with this extra money, what Community Funded allows for is this ability to shop for things you are going to use and do anyways, but also having impact in your community, which is a cool feeling to know that you are actually causing things to happen.”

Two, if you have a great idea, shout it out and use Community Funded to make that idea reality.

“Whether it is a class project or a big goal that they have in life, it is an opportunity to share what they are passionate about and get the support of the people that already support them,” Stover said.

Speaking from experience, Clifford said he believes having the support of your community is extremely motivational.

“It’s a lot of encouragement just to know that people believe in what you are doing … it makes you want to go out and try harder, it gives you definitely something to strive for,” Clifford said.

Three, spread the word.

“Just because you can’t fund a project actually and you don’t want to start one, doesn’t mean you don’t see a good idea like the Bike Library and be willing to talk about it,” Callahan said. “By talking about it, you are also supporting that project, so you become this hero, this cheerleader for the different ideas on the website.”

Bottom line: “Even you can have impact on your community through tools like this,” Callahan said.

 

The future of CF

What is the future for CF? Growth and greater impact.

“Fort Collins is definitely community-centric and it is full of big ideas and people that are passionate about creating change in the world, so it definitely makes sense that it started in Fort Collins — it was fertile soil for this kind of idea, but really, the next step to this is to grow this outside of Fort Collins and really become a national movement,” Stover said.

With more than 2,000 registered individuals and almost 400 registered organizations from all over the U.S., and growing, it looks like CF is well on its way to success.

“My hope is that as many people that need to use it, use it to cause greater impacts in their communities and if that is worldwide, I am okay with that,” Callahan said.

 

 

Stopping Childhood Hunger One Student at a Time

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Mar 052013
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

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No Kid Hungry is a CSU chapter that focuses on helping children have food. Photo by Lauren Martin

There are roughly 75 million children in the United States. Of that number, 16 million kids live under the poverty line and, despite living in one of the richest countries in the world, one in five children in America struggle with hunger.

A new student organization on campus is trying to bring awareness to the Fort Collins community of the hunger epidemic plaguing the nation. No Kid Hungry is a student chapter of the national organization of the same name.

“We are a group of students who are advocating and fundraising for the national non-profit No Kid Hungry,” said Mindy Campbell, president of the student organization. “We do anything from volunteering to asking for donations to spreading the word about hunger in America.”

The national non-profit pledged to end childhood hunger by 2015 by educating families, changing legislation, and bringing national awareness to the problem. For the past eight years, the organization connects kids to nutrition programs, like school breakfast and summer meals, and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets to get their children nutritious meals at home.

CSU’s chapter of No Kid Hungry started early last semester to assist the national organization’s goals in Northern Colorado. Despite a small membership, the group has large plans to improve the local community.

“This semester we are looking into bake sales and a restaurant crawl,” said Recruiting and Marketing Officer Jessie Salus. The restaurant crawl would involve participants visiting local restaurants to sample food for a small cost. All proceeds would be donated to No Kid Hungry. “We are also looking into a food recovery program, but that one is unfortunately on halt right now.”

In addition to their planned events, No Kid Hungry volunteers with established organizations La Familia and the Growing Project. Like any other start-up organization, the biggest challenge is gaining campus awareness and motivating students to participate.

To get involved, interested students can find No Kid Hungry on RamLink or email Mindy Campbell at mindy4nkh@gmail.com. The group meets every other Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Momo Lolo’s Coffee House off W. Elizabeth St.

The rewards from joining No Kid Hungry are undeniable for Vice President Sarah Ehrlicher. “[No Kid Hungry] allows us to be a part of Fort Collins community,” said Ehrlicher. “And it lets us tackle the problems where we can see them.”

The problem of childhood hungry is here: in America, in Colorado and in Fort Collins.

“It’s not that hard to make a difference,” said Campbell. “This is a problem we can fix.”

The Land Down Under: An Australian Student’s Semester Abroad

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Mar 052013
 

Author: Anna Palmer

AustralianWith short, dark-brown, curly hair, 22-year-old Ellie Cooper sports a red silk skirt, black stockings and a knitted yellow scarf.  Her bright smile and easy-going mannerisms, coupled with the go-to phrase, “no worries,” warmly gives Cooper away as a cheerful and truly down-to-earth ‘Aussie’.

Though Cooper may be from “the land down under,” she currently resides in the college-town of Ft. Collins.  On “exchange” from Adelaide, Australia, the capital of South Australia, Cooper literally traveled halfway across the world to experience a new life for six months.

“I really love to travel,” she said. “I love my hometown, but it is too small for me. You learn so much about a place when you go stay for an extended period of time.”

Being that Colorado State University was one of the 10 institutions Cooper could choose from, she took into account what would work best with her degree.  As a journalism major, the upheld reputation of the Journalism and Technical Communication Department at CSU stood out to her.

“Ft. Collins looked so pretty and there was so much to do and see, and it seemed easy to get around,” Cooper said, with a glint of excitement in her eyes. “I live right by the beach back home so it was nice to come to a place so close to the mountains.”

Staying in Ft. Collins for only a semester, she hopes to take advantage of her travel time in the United States.  With Washington D.C. on her radar, she notes that her interest in U.S. politics was one of the determining factors that swayed her over studying abroad in Europe.

Outlining her travel itinerary, Cooper plans to go to San Francisco, Cali., over spring break for an Indie music festival.  Her parents are coming to visit after the semester ends to travel together to New York and Chicago before she continues her solo journey up the East Coast into Canada.

Currently Cooper lives in a house with Americans as well as other exchange students.  She enjoys being able to observe the American perspective, especially when it comes to politics.

Bearing this in mind, one apparent difference between the two countries comes to mind: the “right” and “wrong” side of the road.  However, she highlights one drastic difference in particular: the weather.

Upon leaving Australia in 120-degree heat, Cooper, wearing her heavy winter coat, lugged her lone survival backpacker’s bag full of winter clothes onto the plane.

“I’m not used to the constant cold,” Cooper said. “I saw snow fall for the first time [here].  It was such a pretty, white powder.  I ran to tell my roommates and was like, ‘Guys, it’s snowing!’ They were like ‘we know’, like it was completely normal. As soon as it’s slightly warm, everyone’s wearing t-shirts and flip flops and I’m still all bundled up. I guess you have to make the most of a warm day here.”

Another slight difference Cooper has stumbled upon is that of the food and bar scene.  Though corporations like McDonalds and KFC have become ubiquitous globally, permeating into countries including Australia, there are slight differences in food choices and availability.  She notes that there’s “heaps” of international cuisine in Fort Collins.  In particular, there is more Mexican food here, not that she has any complaints with her newfound love of burritos.

“I do miss Vegemite,” Cooper said, vouching for the staple of any Aussie diet. “I’m waiting for my care package to come because it has Vegemite in it.  It’s definitely an acquired taste.”

In regards to the bar scene in Ft. Collins, Cooper gave her two cents.  The Trailhead Tavern in Old Town was the first bar she visited, and she immediately noticed all the TVs, pool tables and beer, calling it “so American.”

“The bars here are more quirky, a bit older, in a good way,” Cooper said. “They have character.  Our bars are very modern with strobe lights. The bars close early here.  Back home they stay open till 5 a.m., sometimes even 10 a.m.”

Stemming off of this difference, drink specials are pretty much non-existent in Australia.  In fact, the Australian government is considering doing-away with “happy hour” due to the increasingly high levels of intoxication.  There is more control in Australia, Cooper commented.

“[Almost] no one in Australia has guns.  It is really difficult to get a permit.  I felt naughty because I held a gun for the first time here,” she said, hiding a smile.

In terms of her experience interacting with Americans, Cooper rates it as being a positive one, commenting on the friendliness and helpful nature of CSU students in particular.

While abroad and despite all the new and exciting things Cooper doesn’t “normally get to do,” she does keep in contact with friends and family halfway across the globe via Facebook and Skype.  Mentioning that the only time she felt homesick was when she had the flu, she makes the point that “six months goes so quickly” and to take advantage of the time she has here.

“[So far], I’ve only seen Ft. Collins and Denver.  I love Old Town though,” Cooper said, as her mind drifted back to a pivotal point in her time abroad. “A couple of days after I had just arrived, I was tired and jet-lagged.  I had just got a bike so I road down to Old Town with other exchange students.  The lights came on and it was awesome.  It was the first time I knew I had done the right thing by coming here.”

Secret CSU Cookie Society Selling Cookies with CRU

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Feb 272013
 

Author: Jack Krause

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Closeup of a chocolate chip in a freshly baked cookie, still on the pan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While many delivery services bring food right to your door, a start-up cookie delivery service wants to bring it to you in style. The “Secret CSU Cookie” delivery service was planned to be a new service that brought baked goods to you in a 007 fashion, with couriers wearing all black and sunglasses. Unfortunately, some roadblocks came up along the way.

The idea came to Ana Akana and Cailley Baigini following one of their missions’ trips to Malawi, a South African country notorious for its poverty rate and malnourishment. They felt the benevolent desire to further help by donating to the Malawi Children’s Mission charity. Now all they needed was an idea. They found that since they both could bake, and there wasn’t a current baked goods delivery service for dorms, that the “Secret CSU Cookie” was a good idea. They set out and began delivering, and yet there was an obstacle.

Colorado State’s Sales and Solicitations policy states that what they were doing, though noble, is not permitted. Unlicensed products can’t be sold on campus, particularly food products. “Non-approved vendors will not be authorized to sell or solicit sale of products or services, solicit donations, or hand out or post advertising on campus.” The policy explains this prohibition is due to a lack of regulation. The policy was instated 4 years ago after cases of food poisoning and other related mishandling incidents occurred.

“We should have done this before we started, but we were just eager to start making cookies and getting money as soon as possible… SLiCE was really excited about the idea but they told us that selling homemade goods was against regulation policy,” Akana said.

Down, but not out, they decided to work with CRU, a Christian organization on campus, and are now selling their cookies through the meetings they have every Thursday. So though you may not have them delivered to your door, you can still get some delicious desserts and donate to a good cause.

Too School for Cool: Wash-out your Facebook

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Feb 262013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

As a graduating senior, I’ve been applying for a plethora of jobs lately. This generally requires sending someone a cover letter, resume and writing clips. Sadly I know that the investigation process probably doesn’t end there.

According to a 2012 survey by CareerBuilder, 37 percent of companies investigate potential employees using social media. More than 65 percent of these companies will look through Facebook profiles, which is why I think the new app, Facewash, is going to be a great resource for anyone trying to find employment.

Facewash is an app created by Camden Fullmer, Daniel Gur and David Steinberg. The idea of the app is to get rid of any content on your profile that you might not want a future employer to see. It is possible to simply clean out a profile manually by going through your timeline and deleting inappropriate statuses and photos, but Facewash handles this process for you.

Profile shown on Thefacebook in 2005

Profile shown on Thefacebook in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yahoo! Finance explained in an article about the new app that Facewash flags swear words and sexual and racist language that appears in statuses, comments, likes, and links on your page. Currently the app will only flag a photo as inappropriate if the tags or comments for the photo imply it as such. For example, if there is a photo of you chugging beer at a party and the caption says “getting wasted on a Tuesday”, then Facewash will flag it. However, if there are not comments, a photo like this won’t get flagged. Never fear though, because Facewash is stilling under development and soon will be able to flag photos with red cups and beer bottles.

Using Facewash can help your profile to be ready for employer approval. Currently the app is free to use, so why not try it? In general I’ve tried to keep my Facebook very professional during my college years, but sometimes things slip in. Facewash is like hiring a little assistant to clean up your mistakes.

The first time you’ll ever say no to bacon

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Feb 262013
 

Author: Jack Krause

Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, ...

Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we anticipate warmer weather while we brace ourselves and loved ones in these cold months, camping season is approaching. We all know what we normally pack, but when you actually look at what you bring for food and the nutritional values associated, its plain to see we just aren’t eating right while around the campfire. CSU Recreational Centers Outdoor Club’s Leif Mattern explained some healthier food choices to make while packing for an adventure.

“For breakfast foods, I would say plain oatmeal with a little brown sugar or dried fruits would be great,” Mattern said. These foods are easier to pack and are definitely filling, giving you energy for your entire adventure. For dinner, Mattern says rice with any kind of sauce and vegetables are great for you, and the rice can be substituted with quinoa.

“A lot of people think that just because you’re camping, that you are restricted to dried packaged foods. The truth is you can be pretty creative with meals, just like you are at home,” Mattern said. He also explained that you can stick with diets but remember to remain conscious of the weight of materials, as you will be carrying them around with you. Canned foods are better than jars because they weigh less and you can bring vegetables and fruit with you.

One food group to stay away from is meat. Bacon and other meats attract bears and other animals to your camp. “Always remember to practice bear safety. Storing food properly in bear proof containers away from where you sleep. Bacon is tasty, but it stinks to high heaven and the smell will remain on your clothes.” Definitely not a good idea if you’re camping in backcountry.

With these tips, you should be well on your way to surviving and thriving while having a great time travelling and camping.